Post # 31
People here are ridiculous. Just because you aren’t familiar with something doesn’t mean it’s the incorrect way to do things. In my area, people throw high school graduation parties that are bigger than a lot of weddings. Announcements are totally normal and encouraged. Chill people.
Post # 32
Wow, I’m shocked by the posters who aren’t so vile towards graduation announcments and describing them as “self-indulgent”. Geez. A graduation is at least an accomplishment. People don’t get this up in arms over baby announcements, and spreading your legs to get knocked up hardly seems like as much toil and effort as earning a degree. Get off your high horses already.
Post # 33
Congrats, Dr. Bee! Not sure why some people need to be so nasty about the weirdest things.
Post # 34
It is possible that it was just a word finding error, too. They could have known it was an announcement, but just called it the wrong thing. Especially if they don’t get announcements all that often. Otherwise, they probably would have also said “Can’t wait for the party” or “Oh, wish I could make it.”
I suppose they also didn’t just look that closely and just texted the minute they opened it without reading it carefully. They might have assumed there was an accompanying open house graduation party invite in there. I actually just got a dual announcement/invite (both in the same envelope) for my younger cousin’s high school graduation. I probably would have held off a couple more weeks on the announcements to avoid confusion that there might be an associated open house event if you aren’t having one, but meh.
ETA: I also just got an announcement for a college graduation. Announcements are usually offered up in a graduation package when you’re renting your cap and gown here. So you’re getting them anyway, might as well send them out. It’s really not different than announcing any other news and I actually find them way less obnoxious than braggy social media posts for all the world to see. You’re actually taking time to address a specific person who maybe lives farther away and saying “Hey, I wanted to share this great thing with you personally.” It’s not that difficult of a concept.
Post # 35
but you might send a marriage announcement to people who weren’t invited to the wedding. Marriage annoucnemts are just like grad announcements and baby announcements and FACEBOOK POSTS (which is just the new version of announcements). You’re letting those in your social circle know about a life event. That’s all.
Post # 36
Oof. Sorry somebody pissed in their Wheaties, OP. Graduation announcements are common here (Southwestern US) I have several stuck to my fridge right now. We attended the graduation ceremonies of my Brother-In-Law and one of my best friends daughters, did not make it to the ones from far away, but personally I love receiving announcements of big events in people’s lives. Way more personal than Facebook! Congratulations on your achievment, Bee! I would simply give the people who misunderstood a quick call to say they misunderstood but that you appreciate them thinking of you!
Post # 37
OMFG IVE NEVER HEARD OF A GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT GOD YOU ARE A LOSER is a seriously weird and f’d up reaction to this post.
I haven’t heard of lots of things posted here and it doesn’t get me all fired up.
Post # 38
Ignore all the rude Bees that must have had their coffee pissed in this morning.
Graduations announcements are very common where I live, even in this day of social media. I too graduated in the early MySpace era and my parents insisted on sending them out because they were so proud of me. DH’s brother just graduated college and we received one for him. I think it’s more a bigger deal for a lot of parents so don’t feel like you’re being indulgent sending them out.
People were confused when they received mine as well because they were sent out after I graduated (which is when they’re usually sent out). My mom just called those people and explained they were an announcement, not an invitation. I got several congratuations cards from them as I didn’t have a party. So if you just explain how you’re proud and wanted a formal announcement, I think all’s good.
Post # 39
Congrats dr bee!
Just tell this person you aren’t having a celebration event, you just wanted to share your happy news with them because they’re someone important to you.
Post # 40
I sent my announcements but they were actual invitations too as well. So I sent them to people who were actually coming to the graduation.
Post # 41
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
Wow, there are some rude bees on this thread. 🙁 I sent out graduation announcements for high school and I believe my bachelor’s. It’s very common in my family to do this, so I didn’t even question it. (However, announcements only went out to family and maybe one or two close friends.)
To answer your question, I think you could just tell the person that it’s an announcement that you graduated and maybe send/show them a picture of you in your graduation attire.
Post # 42
I’m pretty blown away anyone is upset with a graduation announcement. People announce babies and send annual Christmas letters with their achievements etc.. *shrug* I didn’t announce (or attend) any of my own graduations but I don’t need to harp on people who like ceremony/event/celebration.
Anywho.. OP I’d probably say the best way forward is just to be direct without being mean. “Oh haha it’s just an announcement letter–I was just so proud of myself I wanted to let those I cared for know!”
Post # 43
Just wanted to say, congrats Dr. Bee!
Post # 44
Congratulations Dr.!!! Graduation announcements are absolutely a thing to me (Northeast US), and since graduation parties are too, I’d bet the recipient just got confused. Not sure why it would be controversial to announce and celebrate people’s major life events, especially on a website dedicated to one of them!
Post # 45
- Wedding: April 2018 - Our Backyard
Graduation announcements are quite common where I’m from. I have both sent and received them. The announcement usually contains a wallet sized graduation picture of the graduate and many times the graduate will receive money from the people they send announcements to. However, I don’t think they are as common as they used to be due to social media.
Just tell the recipient that you are sorry for the confusion but you already graduated and you were just letting friends and family know formally. And maybe thank them for their interest in attending